Women’s Imaging

Mammography

Taking Steps to Prevent Breast Cancer in Our Patients

In order to detect cell irregularities in breast tissue, women are recommended to have a mammogram every year after age 40. During this procedure, breast tissue is x-rayed and examined to spot any unusual growths, such as cysts or cancer. By detecting problems early, patients are able to get a head start on any treatment that will be required. The Women’s Health Center at Major Health Partners in Shelbyville offers state-of-the-art imaging technology that can help make this imaging process more comfortable and efficient.

What is a Mammogram?

Mammography is the taking x-rays of breast tissue. To do this, clothing must first be removed, and each breast will be compressed. The purpose of compressing the breast is to increase the visible area of the x-ray image, and each breast is imaged from two different angles to give examiners a comparison. The process for taking images during a mammogram usually only takes between 10-15 minutes. Our imaging center takes special care to make patients feel comfortable by offering heated gowns and making the process as fast as possible.

Preparing for a Mammogram

To reduce the potential for pain, patients should try to schedule their mammograms for one week after their period ends, as breasts are not as tender during that time. On the morning of the procedure, patients should bathe as normal, washing breasts and underarms, but do not using any deodorant, powder, or perfume. It also helps to wear a top that can be easily removed. If the patient has already had a mammogram, they should contact that office and have the images sent to the new clinic.

It is important to let imaging technicians know if:

  • You are pregnant or think you may be
  • You have breast implants
  • You are breastfeeding
  • You have scars or moles on or near your breasts
  • You have had a breast surgery or biopsy

Taking Care of Yourself

Regardless of how often a person wishes to have a mammogram, we encourage patients to be proactive about checking themselves for breast irregularities but performing self-exams periodically. At Major Health Partners, we welcome any calls to find out more about how breast self-exams can be done at home.